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Thinking about picking up Steely Dan

Discussion in 'Music' started by omedon, Mar 7, 2006.
  1. omedon
    A question to those in the know. What sounds better? The original CD releases or the remasters?
     
  2. Old Pa
    The 1999 Steely Dan remasters are, IMHO, a significant improvement over the original 80s CDs. Start with Aja. [​IMG]
     
  3. markl
    There are a million versions of their catalog. The most recent remasters date from 1999 and sound great *to me* (they were remastered by Roger Nichols, the original producer).

    However, if you go the Steve Hoffman forums, you will discover endless arguments over these. There are many obscure older edition from the mid-80's that some people prefer, but you have to make sure you have the exact right version as there are so many variations.

    IMO, just get the easy-to-find '99 remasters and don't sweat it.
     
  4. omedon
    Thanks for the help guys.

    Much appreciated.
     
  5. BillC
    For those that know the origin of the bands name, the thread title is pretty funny.
     
  6. tattoou2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BillC
    For those that know the origin of the bands name, the thread title is pretty funny.



    Yes. LOL!
     
  7. catachresis
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tattoou2
    Yes. LOL!



    It's not whether you pick it up, but what you do with it after that counts.

    Remember, Burroughs lived to his eighties, so it doesn't do too much damage. Just relax and enjoy the ride. [​IMG]
     
  8. BillC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by catachresis
    It's not whether you pick it up, but what you do with it after that counts.



    Well, now! That just depends on where it's been recently!
     
  9. SennFan
    Get the newer Dan releases. If you're looking for a fairly comprehensive overview of their stuff, pick up "Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980". Excellent mastering and a good arrangement of songs that can eaily be listened to all the way through. I actually recommended this CD as well in another thread concerning the best sounding CD's or something like that.
     
  10. jonnyhambone
    Steely Dan is so available for cheap on vinyl...get this if you have a decent phono. option. I've been able to pick up most of what I have on 150 gm.+ vinyl in the used bins. and it sounds very good I'd say. If you're buying CD's, spend an extra buck or two on remastered versions...as noted, the 1999-2000 versions are well done and true to the session sounds but improved....
     

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